Day Shines Brightly for Women's Swimming Diving at NEWMAC Championships

Jenny Day

Worcester, MA — The WPI Women's Swimming & Diving team finished out the four-day NEWMAC Championship Meet on a high note with a school record time in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The sixth-place team of freshmen Jenny Day (Chelmsford, MA) and Emily Matsco (Windham, NH) and sophomores Emily Martin (Penfield, NY) and Eva Childers (Henniker, NH) touched the wall in 3:35.53 to close out a two-year run as NEWMAC meet hosts. 

That same quartet also set the WPI record in the 800-yard freestyle relay on Day 1 of the meet. 

The Crimson and Gray smashed through last year's inaugural point total of 567.5, racking up 704 points this time around to finish fourth out of 10 teams in competition. MIT repeated as NEWMAC champions, running away with the title with 1,278 points. Springfield finished second (840 points) followed by Wellesley in third place (751). 

Veronica Nikolaki (Athens, Greece) had the top finish of the day, taking third place in the 1-meter dive with 478.75 points. Nikolaki had also taken fourth place in the 3-meter dive back during Friday's night session. Freshman Hayley Poskus (Middleboro, MA) came in 15th in the 1-meter dive with 319 points.

The WPI women also started Day 4 on the upswing as Day (5th, 17:45.79) and Matsco (6th, 18:09.84) finished back-to-back in the top six of the 1,650-yard freestyle, combining to pick up 35 points. 

Day shone brightly in her first NEWMAC Championships. Along with three top six finishes in relays, she also grabbed sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle on Day 2, and fourth in the 400-yard individual medley on Day 3. 

The Crimson and Gray's top individual event on Sunday was the 200-yard butterfly, with three top eight finishers. 

Martin hustled to fourth place (2:12.33), while Amanda Konieczny (West Springfield, MA) followed soon after in sixth (2:13.65) and then freshman Kaitlin Travers (Northampton, MA) after that in eighth place (2:17.48). 

The speedster Martin was also the Engineers' top finisher in the 100-yard freestyle. She was the only 'A' final competitors, coming in eighth (53.69), while Childers took fourth in the 'B' final with a time of 54.46. 

The WPI women didn't have anyone in the 'A' final of the 200-yard breaststroke, but that didn't stop Nysa Casha (Andover, MA) from posting the eighth-best time (2:26.87) as she won the 'B' final. Allysa Grant (Framingham, MA) finished 15th overall (2:31.58), followed by Zoe Eggleston (Newtown, CT) (17th, 2:32.44) and Travers (20th, 2:36.88). 

Marissa Patterson (Hampton, NH) followed Casha's lead, winning the 200-yard backstroke 'B' final in 2:11.89. Like with Casha, it was the eighth-fastest time overall. Julia Bushell (Windham, NH) finished in 13th place (2:13.49), while Jamie Freud (Amherst, NH) turned in a 16th-place result (2:15.01). 

Completing the WPI scoring was the the 400 free relay 'B' team, which finished 13th, but had the ninth-fastest time overall (3:38.70) with a group of Casha, Grant, Thea Reymann (Seaside Park, NJ) and Tori Claverie (Derry, NH).

Nikolaki will compete in next weekend's NCAA Diving Regionals at Springfield, while the rest of the WPI women now await the announcement of any potential NCAA Division III qualifiers.